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Toolslingers .54

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by toolslinger, Apr 12, 2012.

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  1. toolslinger

    toolslinger Member

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    Alrighty then this will be my modification/range thread for this new rifle. For anyone who has not followed my bad luck so far see here
    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=652984
    Did not initially work out for me:banghead:
    However I have gotten past my being upset and begun work on making her an actual rifle:evil:.
    Here is what I did to take the modern stink off her, something to cover up that recoil pad
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    I just had some leather scraps laying aroung and managed to find my synthetic sinew .
    Since this gun is basically a Trade Rifle copy I figured I could get away with the ''do it yourself " look (original idea was a sheepskin wrap)
    So I found a scrap big enough to do what I wanted and put her on ,wet fitted it and then hot waxed it.
     
  2. arcticap

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    I notice that you also removed the sling swivels.
     
  3. toolslinger

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    I have not made that decision quite yet:scrutiny:. Coming in the mail is a Lyman 57SML which IS getting mounted since I like hitting what I aim at;)
    I am absolutely not trying to replicate a period weapon to be able to shoot her at rendezvous:eek:
    I am a fan of practical though so I am thinking that I might just put those swivels back on and just cover them with leather:scrutiny::D
     
  4. mykeal

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    Looks good to me. However, be aware that covering that wood with a leather pad will eventually discolor/damage the wood underneath if left on for a long period of time. That pad should periodically (said period to be determined) be removed and the wood re-oiled or re-waxed. The problem is wear - friction of the leather against the wood surface.
     
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    Looks like you squeezed a diamond out of that brick of coal you started with. I love that leather cover you made up for the rubber pad. I have a CVA deerslayer that has the same rubber pad, I think I may get the sling without swivels that Mykeal suggested from Track of the wolf. Great job, it looks good.
     
  6. toolslinger

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    Thanks y'all. I wasn't really happy with how the side stitching came out so I will probably fix that soon. It's been years since I did any leather work and I cant find my dang hole punch. I had to use a drill to punch my holes:banghead:
    Hey I did find me a cool deal on supplies yesterday. I stopped in on a tiny little shop that had a bunch o excess black powder stuff he got off another guy. I ended up with 300 Hornady .530's, 1100 no. 11 caps and a pack of .54 cal felt wads for 60 bucks:scrutiny:
     
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    I liked it just the way it was. Usually I'm a fan of a more ''original'' look, but I didn't mind the clean lines of your rifle at all.
     
  8. arcticap

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    Investarms guns do tend to have very nice wood that's beautifully finished.
    Many of the other brands of Italian made muzzle loaders usually do too. :)
     
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  9. BHP FAN

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    that checkering is sweet...almost like an english sporting rifle.
     
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    Nice looking cover you sewed there.
     
  11. toolslinger

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    Thanks all y'all. I also like the checkering included in the Hunter version. I also very much prefer the black funiture as opposed to brass on most guns. I know it's aluminum (or German Silver? or what ever) but it looks iron ish.
     
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    Now I'm done decorating her primitve and back to practical:evil: Lyman 57 peep
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    Very, very nice job. That's going to be something you can be proud of for a long time. Looking forward to hearing how the Lyman sight works for you.
     
  14. toolslinger

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    Thanks Mykeal. I wan't desperately to go shoot her but I am too paranoid to do it on my land. I live in the boonies but I let my neighbor run cows on the place and I am just too worried about bouncing a ball off old bessie.:scrutiny:
     
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    It's your land. I you hit a cow, it's more BBQ for you! ;)
     
  16. mykeal

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    Don't know where you live, so I'll suggest the following:

    Go to the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA) web site and look up the charter clubs or area reps in your state - left hand side of the home page. Contact them and you should be able to find the closest range that's friendly to us smoke eaters.
    http://www.nmlra.org/
     
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